Trade Rumors: Five running backs the Eagles could target ahead of Nov. 1 deadline
The Eagles have already made one trade ahead of the Nov. 1 deadline, but word on the street is GM Howie Roseman may not be done.
“Roseman and the Eagles are continuing to look to improve their roster for the stretch run, per NFL sources. It is believed that the most likely position that they will address is running back.
The Eagles’ depth at running back is shaky. They have been patient so far with Kenny Gainwell as the two-minute and passing down back, but the Eagles fear a dropoff in performance if Sanders were to get hurt and either Boston Scott or Trey Sermon would have to fill in and carry the load.” — Jimmy Kempski
Despite the internet rumors, the Eagles are not pursuing Saints’ RB Alvin Kamara. At 27 years of age, Kamara has the second-highest contract among running backs, not to mention a pending suspension headed his way.
Parting with a top draft pick for Kamara never made sense for Philly; here are five running backs who do:
Kareem Hunt — Cleveland Browns
Kareem Hunt has been one of the hottest names in the rumor mill this year.
After fending off speculation all summer long, the Browns are finally biting the bullet and listening to offers for Hunt following their 2-5 start. The former Pro Bowler is averaging career lows in yards/carry and yards/reception with a disjointed Cleveland offense.
With 2-9 likely on the horizon, the Browns need to gather resources as they prepare to move forward with Deshaun Watson. Selling Kareem Hunt now before he walks for nothing would be a good start.
For the Eagles, Hunt would provide Jalen Hurts with another all-purpose weapon in Philly’s high-powered offense. Roseman was reportedly in the mix for Christian McCaffrey before he ultimately went to San Francisco; nabbing Kareem Hunt wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize.
Alexander Mattison — Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings are reportedly fielding offers for 4th-year back Alexander Mattison, who has been a dependable backup to Dalvin Cook since entering the league. The former third-round pick has been in a reduced role this season under Kevin O’Connell and with emerging talents (Kene Nwangwu and Ty Chandler) behind him, Mattison appears to be expendable.
Currently playing out the final year of his contract, Mattison has racked up over 1900 all-purpose yards throughout his young career.
David Montgomery — Chicago Bears
Montgomery has been one of my favorite targets throughout the week.
The 224-pounder would give the Eagles a complementary power back who can run between the tackles and wear down defenses. He’d also help with pass protection, where the Eagles’ current backs (Kenneth Gainwell) have struggled at times.
Like Miles Sanders, Montgomery is on an expiring contract and will be a free agent after the season. By moving him now, Chicago would free up carries for rising RB Khalil Herbert while netting a late-round pick.
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Damien Harris — New England Patriots
Rhomandre Stevenson has taken over as the lead back in New England, kicking Damien Harris to the back seat after the latter eclipsed 1,000 scrimmage yards last season. The Patriots say they aren’t shopping him, but with Harris approaching free agency — perhaps a mid-round pick would entice New England.
Following the Robert Quinn trade, the Eagles still hold six picks in next year’s draft.
Damien Harris BULLDOZED for this TD. pic.twitter.com/YeMwgBSgq6— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 19, 2021
Melvin Gordan — Denver Broncos
Gordon is one of several Broncos’ players drawing interest ahead of the deadline, as he’s seemingly fallen out of favor with head coach Nathaniel Hackett. Blatantly unhappy in Denver, Gordon would welcome the opportunity to contribute behind the best offensive line in football.
The eight-year veteran has 20 total touchdowns over the last two seasons and can get the tough yards necessary to close out games. Gordon’s ball security (15 fumbles since 2019) remains a concern, but it likely wouldn’t take much to pry him away from the 2-5 Broncos.
Mandatory Credit: Associated Press